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Looiersgracht 60 Presents Japan, Archipelago of the House

Now on view at Looiersgracht 60 in Amsterdam, “Japan, Archipelago of the House” hopes to inspire a better understanding Japanese design.

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Text by Ray Hu
Photography by Jérémie Souteyrat

The Japanese house has long been an object of fascination and source of inspiration for Western architects, yet it is all-too-often considered independently of its greater cultural context. A new traveling exhibition looks to remedy widespread misconceptions about these homes, which are both fetishized for their simplicity and elegance yet also questioned in terms of habitability. Open as of today at Looiersgracht 60, the non-profit exhibition centre in Amsterdam, “Japan, Archipelago of the House” takes this challenge as an opportunity to better understand Japanese design.

With an understated exhibition design to echo its content, the exhibition features 70 houses in three sections: Yesterday’s Houses, Tokyo Houses, and Today’s Houses. “Japan, Archipelago of the House” is a collaborative curatorial effort by Paris-based architects Véronique Hours and Fabien Mauduit of A.P. Arts, Tokyo-based photographer Jérémie Souteyrat, and Yokohama-based architect Manuel Tardits. Previously shown at the Design Museum Gent, the exhibition will be on view at Looiersgracht 60 until 10 July 2016 and will subsequently travel to Japan.

Asahikawa, Hokkaido, January 18 2014 - Repository house by Jun Igarashi.
Asahikawa, Hokkaido, January 18 2014 - Repository house by Jun Igarashi.
Tokyo, September 23 2013 - Komazawa house by Go Hasegawa.
Tokyo, September 23 2013 - Komazawa house by Go Hasegawa.
Tokyo, December 29 2013 - Akishima house by Taira Nishizawa.
Tokyo, December 29 2013 - Akishima house by Taira Nishizawa.
Zushi, December 21 2013 - Window house by Yasutaka Yoshimura
Zushi, December 21 2013 - Window house by Yasutaka Yoshimura
Tokyo, September 7 2012 - House Tokyo by A.L.X.
Tokyo, September 7 2012 - House Tokyo by A.L.X.
Tokyo,March 6 2014 - Maekawa house by Kunio Maekawa in the Edo-Tokyo open-air architecture museum.
Tokyo,March 6 2014 - Maekawa house by Kunio Maekawa in the Edo-Tokyo open-air architecture museum.
Image treatment by Studio Veronica Dittin
Image treatment by Studio Veronica Dittin

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